|July 6, 2017 City Council Regular Meeting (Amended July 5, 2017)|
Motion to Amend the Zoning Ordinance Regarding Density, Parking, Bonus Stories, and Upper-story Residential in the RIP-C, RIP-B-1, B-C, and B-G Zoning Districts (Petitioner, Lookin Good Properties)
This requested Zoning Ordinance amendment (MPC File No. 17-002242-ZA) is a continuance from the June 22, 2017 City Council Meeting. The Mayor and Aldermen previously approved the requested zoning at the June 8, 2017, meeting.
The petitioner, Lookin Good Properties, seeks to: 1) amend the lot area requirement per dwelling unit for the upper-story residential use in the B-C (Community-Business) district from 600 square feet to 435 square feet, and 2) amend the off-street parking requirement for the upper-story residential use to one off-street space per dwelling unit.
Upper-story residential is defined by the Zoning Ordinance as “One or more residential dwelling units above a ground floor nonresidential use.” The purpose of the upper-story residential use is to encourage more residential development within portions of the Historic District (specifically, the B-C district which exists only west of Jefferson Street) without the loss of active ground floor uses, such as retail and eating establishments. The B-C district within the Historic District has historically served as the more intensive commercial area of downtown and includes much of the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard corridor.
The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the following alternative amendment at its Regular Meeting on April 25, 2017:
This Ordinance would:
Recomend approval with an amendment that adds parking lots and parking garages as a permitted use. The following categories of Sec. 8-3025(b): community facilities; animal care, recreation; retail sales and service (not to include adult entertainment establishments); unclassified retail sales and service (not to include principal use storage of any type, and any vehicular sales, rentals or service with exception of bicycles and scooters); and automobile parking lots or parking garages (only if required parking is located on-site of the upper story residential development). This limitation applied as of [date of the adoption of this amendment] to any building constructed to include the upper-story residential.
Shane Corbin, Zoning Administrator
MPC Recommendation Text Amendment 17-002242 Sections 8-3025(d) and 8-3090 Upper Story Residential.pdf
Draft Alternative Ordinance Text Amendment 17-002242 Sections 8-3025(d) and 8-3090 Upper Story Residential.pdf